Wright County Board Minutes

NOVEMBER 24, 1998

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Rose, Russek, Mattson, Jude, and Sawatzke present.

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 11-17-98: Page 1, 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence should read, "Jude stated he would vote against approval of the minutes due to Item A5 of the Consent Agenda, Claim, Briggs & Morgan, $9,950.53." (Rose); Page 1, 6th paragraph, 4th sentence should read "Costs expended by the County are $770.00" (Groshens); Page 2, last paragraph, last sentence should read "The meeting adjourned at 9:33 A.M." (Rose). Jude referenced the 3rd paragraph dealing with his request to petition onto the Agenda the Briggs & Morgan Contract, which failed 4-1. As reflected in the minutes, a motion and a second were never obtained on the request. Jude questioned whether proper procedure had been followed. Sawatzke responded that the minutes reflect what transpired and, at that time, no one challenged the manner in which the issue had been handled. He added that a motion and second were obtained to approve the Agenda, which passed 4-1. Motion to approve the minutes as corrected was made by Russek, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item C4, "Approve Expenditures for Elmer Eichelberg's Attendance at the AMC Conference" (Groshens); Item For Consid. #6, "St. Louis County Correspondence" (Rose); Item For Consid. #7, "MPCA Report RE: Metro Dairy" (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that the effective date for Item E1 of the Consent Agenda be changed from 12-2-98 to 11-28-98. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda with the addition of Item C4 and the effective date change on Item E1:


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Anderson, F. Borell, C. Webb, Hwy.; C. Curtis, Sheriff.

2. Set Date For Labor/Mgmt. Health Ins. Committee Meeting, 12-10-98 at 2:00 P.M.

3. Review & Approval Of Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-13-98.


1. Authorization To Advertise For Vacant Appraiser Position.

2. Approve Abatement, PID #114-149-004060, Michael and Katherine Papp, St. Michael City.


1. Approve Claim, $184.51, KUE Construction, H.S. Bldg. (Fund 34).

2. Approve Claim, $142,480.00, KUE Construction, Public Works Bldg. (Fund 34).

3. Approve Claim, $32.66, EZ Flush Rental Service, Public Works Bldg. (Fund 34).

4. Approve Expenditures for Elmer Eichelberg's Attendance at the AMC Conference.


1. Approve Bond for Marcia Lantto, Wright County Recorder.

2. Approve Bond for Marcia Lantto, Wright County Registrar Of Titles.

3. Acknowledge Hire, Kathryn Green, Clerk Position, Eff. 12-7-98.

4. Accept Resignation, Christine V. Johnson, Eff. 12-3-98 & Auth. Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Rick Baker, Corrections Officer, Eff. 11-28-98 & Auth. Replacement.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, presented two quotes for clean out of County Ditch No. 10. Fyles Excavating submitted a quote of $2,375.00 and J.L. Schmitz & Sons submitted a quote of $5,800.00. Mattson moved to accept the quote from Fyles Excavating for $2,375.00, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Paul Arnleend contacted Groshens with a request for tile repair to Jt. Co. Ditch No. 15. Arnleend resides in Section 30 of Stockholm Township. Mattson recalled that repair had been completed in this area several years back. Mattson moved to approve a Jt. Co. Ditch No. 15 visit, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Groshens will contact Meeker County officials to see if they are available for ditch review on 11-27-98.

Groshens said that the tax payment due date for Agricultural split class properties had been changed in recent years and was implemented in 1998. On a split class property, the due date is determined by the highest value. As a result, properties which may previously have been classified as Ag split class and had a tax payment due date of November 15th may now have a tax payment due date of October 15th. Groshens placed an announcement in the newspaper that this change was being implemented. Due to tax statements being outsourced, the Auditor's Office is unable to place notices in with the statements. Groshens stated there are about 160 properties which were affected by this change in due date, not all are facing late penalties. Jude moved to forgive the penalty for this year's payable taxes and to return the penalty to those who have paid them, and to send notice to all property owners who had a change in tax due date. Motion was seconded by Russek. Mattson questioned the total penalty amount. Groshens did not have that information available at the meeting. Jude clarified that the penalty does not reduce the taxes levied. It was clarified that the motion to forgive the penalty will only apply to those payments made by November 15th. Motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract subject to audit.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested authorization to hire Eric Pratt as Highway Technician at Step 5 of the salary schedule, effective 11-30-98. Pratt left employment with Wright County approximately two years ago and was at the 4th Step of the schedule. Fingalson stated that he informed the Labor Management Committee of his intent to hire Pratt at their meeting last week. Another meeting was held with the full membership of the Highway Maintenance Division last week. The response, primarily from the maintenance personnel, was they could understand the request due to the need to fill the position. Their concern voiced was hiring maintenance personnel at Step 1. Russek added that if Pratt were still employed, he would be at Step 6 of the schedule. If Pratt is not hired, the position will be advertised for again. Norman stated that this is not in violation of the contract and it is strictly a County Board decision. Sawatzke moved to approve the hire of Eric Pratt at the 5th Step due to Pratt's job history with Wright County and also due to the difficulty in filling the position. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Fingalson stated that the Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting scheduled for 11-17-98 was rescheduled to 11-24-98 at 10:30 A.M. On the Agenda was discussion of the utility connection for the Cokato Maintenance Vehicle Storage Building. Fingalson requested the Board address this issue today so that utility connection can proceed. In discussions he had with the Mayor of Cokato, the City is tentatively proposing that they receive a $3000 credit from KUE Contractors in lieu of the $12,000 hook-up fee for new lines along Omar Avenue. Fingalson noted that this has not been approved by the City Council. KUE Contractors has indicated by letter that the County would be entitled to a $3000 credit for sewer line. Additional costs to the County would be $1845.00 (new pump and tank) and $1320.00 (extra water line). Board discussion included the fact that the County would be responsible for the new pump and tank. However, the Board did not feel they should incur costs associated with additional water line to hook up on Omar Avenue versus the original site. The County was assured that they would be able to hook up to existing utilities. Mattson distributed and read a potential scenario where the County would instead connect with new sewer and water lines which will be installed for proposed developments. He felt these developments would provide a tax benefit for the County. Jude responded that the utilities may not be accessible by the County and that the developments are proposed at this time. Mattson stated many of the developments have been sold. Sawatzke moved to authorize offering the proposal of a credit to the City of Cokato for $1680.00 ($3000 sewer line credit less $1320.00 extra water line required) in lieu of the $12,000 hook-up fee along Omar Avenue, seconded by Russek. If this is not accepted, the issue will be brought back before the County Board. Motion carried 3-2 with Mattson and Rose casting the nay votes. Rose stated she voted against the motion as she felt "the project had been nickeled-and-dimed to death."

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, reviewed the November, 1998 Parks Commission Minutes and recommendations. Mattice stated the meeting primarily focused on proposed changes to the Campground policy and the recommendation to prohibit horse riding in the Stanley Eddy Park until the Parks Commission has evaluated the site. Mattice said this was done due to erosion problems and the fragile environment of the Park. After discussion, it was determined that a Public Hearing might be required to review changes which will affect the Ordinance. The request to set a Public Hearing date, if needed, will be placed on a future Agenda. Jude moved to acknowledge the minutes of the Parks Commission, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Kerry Saxton, SWCD, requested approval of a 1999 MPCA Feedlot Challenge Grant in the amount of $30,000.00. The grant was applied for as a result of the SWCD office being authorized to perform feedlot registrations. The grant requires a 1:1 match and that departments involved keep track of time used. Another grant stipulation is that an acceptable product is provided to the State for implementation into a GIS System. Saxton has been in contact with the cities of St. Michael and Otsego. St. Michael did not have a problem with them conducting registrations within the City. The City of Otsego plans to take this request to the City Council for approval. If required, the County Board could act as the Water Management Authority and determine if the registrations would take place. The grant period is through September 30, 2000 with a possible one-year extension. The Wright County Ordinance requires registration of feedlots by May, 2000. Saxton stated that feedlot registration has not been heavily advertised thus far. Only 5 of the estimated 1100 feedlots have registered to date. If the registrations do not occur during the winter months, he envisioned being overwhelmed down the line. He stated it is to the feedlot owner's advantage to register as there are funds and services available to assist with problems. The Planning & Zoning Office will take over registration in 2000. He felt that if many waited to register, there may not be funding or services available at that time. Russek moved to authorize the Board Chair's signature on the Grant Agreement, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, roll call vote was unanimous to adopt Resolution #98-62 in support of a Charitable Gambling Application submitted by the Knights of Columbus Council 9140 (Monticello Twp.).

Mattson moved to reappoint Kay Bakeberg to a three-year term on the Extension Committee, District 5. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Russek stated he will be unavailable to serve on the Extension Committee for the Extension Education Position Interviews, scheduled for 12-7-98 at 9:00 A.M. He requested that Sawatzke be temporarily appointed to the Committee to serve in his absence. Sawatzke clarified that he would not vote as he was not an official member of the Extension Committee but he would offer comment. Russek moved to appoint Sawatzke to serve in his absence for the Extension Educator Interviews, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Russek said the At-Large position on the Extension Committee will be open as of 1-1-99. Tom Haggerty, currently serving, will be at the end of his second three-year term. Term limits are two three-year terms. Russek moved to place this appointment on the 12-8-98 County Board Agenda allowing other Board members an opportunity to bring forth potential appointments. Motion seconded by Jude. At the request of Jude, the motion was amended to refer this issue to the first meeting in 1999 to provide Commissioner-elect Eichelberg an opportunity to bring forth potential appointments. Motion carried 5-0.

Jude stated he brought forth discussion on Briggs & Morgan (Hired Outside Counsel) as he felt expenditures should be disclosed and benefits discussed. He respected the request by the Attorney's Office to hire outside counsel to represent the County relating to Planning & Zoning issues. He felt that when the motion was made, the amount authorized to outside counsel should have been stated. He also said he had been provided with information stating that Briggs & Morgan is working against the County's right to control garbage. He felt the citizens had the right to know that more than $100,000 had been spent on outside counsel. Mattson responded that outside legal counsel are retained for negotiations and the public is not informed of expenditures. As the Attorney's Office does not have the expertise on this issue, Briggs & Morgan were hired to protect the quality of life for the citizens of Wright County.

Correspondence was received from St. Louis County requesting that the County Board pass a resolution in support of repeal of the sunset of the Minnesota Municipal Board. A copy was provided to the Board and will be brought forth at a future meeting if so desired.

Mattson attended a MPCA meeting which was held in Montrose relating to the Virgil Scherping feedlot. Six MPCA representatives provided information. The Attorney representing Scherping was not in agreement with the County Board's letter to the MPCA requesting year round monitoring of the site. Mattson said his response was the Board felt they had the right to request this. This was provided as an informational item.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc. 195.80

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 584.01

C. J. Alexander, Systems Inc. 360.09

Allina CEO 100.00

Andersen, Earl F., Inc 10398.20

Annandale Rock Products 1854.11

AT&T 5194.04

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 1118.63

Best Disposal Services 399.39

Betmar Languages Inc. 393.00

Bowman Distribution 854.15

Buffalo Clinic 1022.00

Lola Carlson 1296.00

Catco Parts Service 457.95

Catholic Charities 6786.00

CCP Industries Inc. 357.99

Central Glass 500.11

Central McGowan Inc. 238.34

City of Cokato 258.00

Commissioner of Transportation 3661.20

Construction Market Data 160.00

Corporate Flag Company Inc. 144.99

Crow River Tools 447.94

Decorative Designs Inc. 167.18

East Cntrl Regnl Juvenile Ctr 14587.75

Emergitek Inc. 190.67

Facility Systems Inc. 2350.56

Fall Maintenance Expo 165.00

Gateway 2000 1760.45

GE Capital Info. Tech solutions 661.38

Glass Master Inc 877.00

Goldleaf Plastics Inc 405.55

Greenview Inc. 172.00

HIllyard Floor Care Supply 984.35

JLM Telecommunications 790.93

Steve Johnson 116.74

JR's Appliance Disposal Inc. 264.00

Lake Region Coop Oil 11257.44

Lakedale Telephone Co 124.70

Lawson Products Inc 367.72

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 3944.50

M-R Sign Company Inc 5319.00

Craig Madson 106.02

Marco Business Products 187.77

Matejcek Impl. Co 841.54

The Metro Group, Inc. 193.62

Sister Michelle Meyers 627.93

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 7605.04

Midway Hotel 403.20

Minnegasco 433.81

Minnesota Elevator Inc. 258.59

MN Assn. of CVSO 120.00

MN County Attys. Association 260.00

City of Monticello 709.07

Mtn. Stream Sports & Apparel 394.00

Northern States Power Co 199.09

Sister Kay O'Neil 627.93

Office Depot 1754.32

Omann Brothers Inc 457.95

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 1366.44

Professional Traffic Graphics 683.70

Derek W. Randall 224.50

RDO Truck Center Inc. 328.25

Red's Auto Electric 139.85

Research Engineers Inc. 585.00

Rhodes Lock & Glass 105.00

Royal Tire St. Cloud 2333.36

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 448.32

Ryan Motors Inc. 192.82

Pat Sawatzke 445.47

Sherry Schliesing 305.97

Sharp Electronics 724.12

Sherburne County Treasurer 200.00

Sprint Local Tele. Division 157.94

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 238.34

Star Tribune 126.36

Strategic Technologies Inc 4000.00

Target 574.72

Teply Equipment Inc 3338.78

Tools Unlimited 359.72

United Parcel Service 345.28

Unitog Rental System 173.64

University of Minnesota 150.00

USWest Communications 7168.90

Wal Mart Store 01-1577 166.43

Warning Lites 1275.79

Wright-Hennepin Electric 3191.90

Keith Wurm Construction 2767.85

Zack's Inc 467.64

57 payments less than $100 2316.15

Final Total $131,370.98

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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